Each year, the Alumni Association bestows the following awards on alumni and faculty for their unique, remarkable achievements.

The Blaisdell Distinguished Alumni Award

The Blaisdell Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni whose contributions and achievements in their profession or community mark them as distinguished persons even among the distinguished body of Pomona alumni.

2018 Recipients: Esther Brimmer ’83, Bernard Chan ’88, Rosalind Chao ’78, Cruz Reynoso ’53

Past Recipients

2017 Recipients

  • Penny Dean’77
  • Myrlie Evers-Williams ’68
  • Richard G. Taranto ’77
  • Brian E. Tucker ’67

2016 Recipients

  • Gretchen Berland ’86
  • Ed Krupp ’66
  • Julian Nava ’51
  • George C. Wolfe ’76

2015 Recipients

  • Bill Keller '70
  • Richard Post '40
  • Mary Schmich '75
  • James Turrell '65

2014 Recipients

  • Ifeanyi Menkiti '64
  • Joe Palca '74
  • Rip Rapson '74

2013 Recipients

  • William Bader '53
  • Cladd Stevens '63
  • Garrett Hongo '73

2012 Recipients

  • Richard Frank '46
  • Tom Redburn '72

2011 Recipients

  • Irving "Sonny" Brown '56
  • Hashim Djojohadikusumo '76
  • Carlos Guangorena '76
  • Dr. Robert E. Tranquada '51

2010 Recipients

  • R. Stanton Hales '64
  • Tracy Westen '62 and Robert Stern '66

2009 Recipient

  • Bill Block '71

The Alumni Distinguished Service Award

The Alumni Distinguished Service Award pays tribute to an alumnus or alumna in recognition of that person's selfless commitment and ongoing volunteer service to Pomona College.

2018 Recipients: Cathie Brown ’58 and John Thornton ’53

Past Recipients

  • 2017: Barbry Amberg Hogue ’72 and Joan-Patricia (JP) O’Connor ’72
  • 2016: John Edwards ’64 and Pat Riggs ’71
  • 2015: Jeanne Buckley ’65 P'92 and Stan Hales ’64
  • 2013: Rosemary Choate ’63 and Carlos Garcia ’73
  • 2011: Pat Newton ’51
  • 2010: Peter and Sandy Briggs ’64
  • 2009: Lee '48 and Claire ’47 Kingman McDonald
  • 2008: Robert Herman ’51
  • 2007: John Fisher ’67
  • 2006: Byron Hayes '56
  • 2005: Bruce Prestwich ’55 and Carolyn Tranquada Prestwich ’54
  • 2004: Verne Orr ’37
  • 2003: Eleanor Pierson ’41
  • 2002: Patricia Sullivan ’55
  • 2001: Ed Malan '’48 & John Pendleton ’51
  • 2000: Marylin Vaughn Jacobsen ’55
  • 1999: Nick Polos ’51
  • 1998: Lee Harlan ’55
  • 1997: Anne Shaw Price ’44
  • 1996: Robert B. Dozier ’23 & Fannie Boyd Dozier '24
  • 1995: Leonard Agee Shelton ’32
  • 1994: Nancy Barrett Ringle ’41
  • 1993: William Fellows ’33
  • 1992: C. Crawford Thompson ’40
  • 1991: Mason L. Hill ’26

The Inspirational Young Alumni Award

The Inspirational Young Alumni Award honors a young alumnus or alumna (graduate of the last decade) in recognition of their dedication, perseverance, and consistency in following the inscription on the College Gates: “They only are loyal to this college who departing bear their added riches in trust for mankind.”

2016 Recipient: Marlies Talay ’10

Past Recipients

  • 2015: Jessica Ladd '08
  • 2014: Lt. Francine Segovia '04
  • 2013: Maggie Fick '07
  • 2012: Elena Shih '04
  • 2011: Jane Chen '00
  • 2010: Maia Sophia Campbell '01
  • 2009: Melvin Yee '00
  • 2008: Janelle Lin '00
  • 2007: Maria Luz Garcia '01
  • 2006: Emily Arnold-Fernandez '99
  • 2005: Enriqueta Ramirez '00
  • 2004: David Holmes '97
  • 2003: Cuc Vu '92
  • 2001: Loriq Charkoudian '95
  • 2000: Casey Trupin '95
  • 1999: Karin Zaugg '93
  • 1998: Ed Tessier '91
  • 1997: Martina Vandenberg '90
  • 1996: Gretchen Berland '86

The Faculty Alumni Service Award

Started in 2012, the Faculty Alumni Service Award honors faculty "in recognition of exemplary service to the alumni association over a period of years." Recipients of this award are selected by the Alumni Awards Committee and ratified by the Alumni Association Board. 

2018 RecipientProfessor of Politics Lorn Foster

Past Recipients

  • 2017: Shahriar Shahriari
  • 2016: Frank Pericolosi
  • 2015: Char Miller
  • 2014: Ken Wolf
  • 2013: Monique Saigal
  • 2012: Jonathan Wright

Submit Nominations

The Alumni Association welcomes nominations all year round.

Please send names of your nominees, along with a brief supporting statement, to the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement at 305 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711, or at alumni@pomona.edu.